A Deluge of Vindication and a Dark Abyss of Emptiness: Wednesday 21st September

Today’s weather was absolutely incredible. Tokyo was right in the path of a Typhoon that was passing over Japan, the result of which being jet-black skies, a horizontal deluge of rain, and winds that shook the very foundations of my apartment block. However, the silver lining with this particular cloud was particularly delightful, with the constant torrent of rain guaranteeing that no cyclists dared brave the pavements, whilst the gale force winds ensured that every other person had their umbrella turned inside out; at long last, vindication!

The results of the Typhoon near Shibuya station: pretty dangerous.

As a result of today’s typhoon I experienced my first power-cut since arriving in Japan. Even in the aftermath of the March earthquake and power shortages that followed I was never subjected to such an electrical inconvenience. It’s not so much the fact that all of the lights went out plunging me into a dark abyss of emptiness, as the tiresomeness that comes with having to reset my wireless router; as to be be frank this is a pain in the backside, and requires a combination of digits that I keep meaning to leave in a more convenient place than ‘somewhere in the back of the cupboard in amongst my utility bills’.


About truehamlet

Sam is a senior lecturer in Science Communication, who researches the different ways in which media such as poetry and film can be used to communicate science to new audiences.
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